I had no intention of writing a post today but a thought hit me this morning, We’re barely into January and I already feel like I’m behind and playing catch up! Why!?! This should not be!
For those of you who, like me, are persistent, goal oriented, always seeking growth and self-improvement, managing your health and maybe even the health of others, your career, your relationships and your LIFE! — who NEVER seem to be content with the status quo — you know who you are.
January rolls around and you’re all about this year’s goals, plans, things to do, people to see, places to go, your mission, etc. I get you! But have you even taken inventory of your most recent accomplishments? Stop and think about it for a minute. This is important! Acknowledging your past successes is a powerful motivator for the future. What did you accomplish in 2016 that had real value and meaning for you?
Your 2016 Accomplishments
What were your successes? How did you grow? Where did you make progress? Write them down.
Take a moment to bask in and enjoy the reality of your accomplishments. Feels good, yes?
As an example, I’ll share a few of my accomplishments:
- Lost 20 pounds.
- Exercised an average of 26 days every month.
- Joined a local women’s support and networking group.
- Reconnected with childhood friends and vacationed together.
- Aggressively pursued a health care treatment plan for people I care for and saw major improvement.
- Increased the amount of time I spent lamp working (bead making).
How do we continue this sense of accomplishment? How do we maintain this progress?
For me this is summed up in one word: Maintenance. Maintenance is not passive. Maintenance is action! How do I personally maintain the progress? I check to see that I am actually taking action to maintain the progress. Take a look back at my Daily Habits chart. These are the things I plan to keep doing.
What are your action plans? What small things can you do regularly to maintain your progress? Write these down and keep them where you can see them often.
I hope your New Year is off to a successful start.
May it continue all year long!